ElliotQuinton wrote:As a Stake Finance Clerk, we've been grappling with how to fund the new youth programs. From our perspective the big new element is the FSY funding.
We've been relying on the:
FSY Planning Guide https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/youth/fsy/bc/PDFS/2017/PD60000952_PlnGd_eng.pdf?lang=eng&download=true
FSY FAQ (This was sent with some area specific details, so I won't share it here, but it's probably not difficult to find individually), and
LDS Newsroom information https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/church-releases-more-details-about-fsy-conferences-starting-in-2020?lang=eng
From the Planning Guide and FAQAreas should be self-sufficient in funding FSY and should adapt conference plans according to the local resources that are available (see pages 6–8 for adaptation guidelines). To that end, funding for conferences should not be requested through new and expanded budgets but should come from the following sources: a. Local Unit Budget Allowance (LUBA) b. Participant Funds c. Fund-Raising.
From the Newsroom and FSY FAQEach participant will be asked to pay U.S. $75. In addition, the stake or ward will pay U.S. $75 from the local unit budget allowance (LUBA) for each individual. The bishop may also use LUBA to help individuals when necessary. If desired, wards may use the annual fundraising effort to help offset the cost.
As a Stake, we have over 200 youth ages 14-18 that could potentially attend (practically they all won't); the maximum impact to our LUBA would be $15K. That is not an insignificant amount of funds compared to our allocations; many stake organizations are being cut back as well as the possibility of tinkering with the allocation percentages to lessen the administrative burden between the stake and its units. Additionally, we have run a Stake Girl's Camp for many years and will now begin a new Stake Young Men's Camp. Since the fundraising guidelines are restrictive to raise funds for only one annual activity, we're going to attempt to fully fund FSY from the Stake (and Ward) LUBA. Traditionally Girl's Camp and the former scouting program have conducted their own fundraiser. We're under the impression that either FSY or the youth camps could do a fundraiser, not both.
So its a big pinch on our LUBA, but we also seem to have gotten the message loud and clear not to expect an increase in the LUBA at this point. Positively, the Facilities Management budget is picking up the tab for renting the college campus where FSY will be held; that is likely the biggest ticket item for operating FSY which then doesn't have to be passed on to the local units.
**Some of the figures I quoted could certainly vary by region. We happen to be in North America Northwest**
Question for you.... are you doing one camp then for all YM quorums together? Our stake hasn't given us any direction for the YM so we're planning the traditional camp per quorum. Our Young Women do have a stake YW camp this year as typical every other year. I don't think we've thought about combining the YM. Interesting idea.
Our stake is doing FSY this year. We're using our fundraising to cover the ward portion ($75/per).